Tree planting at Sleeter Lake Park planned for March 23

The Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountain is sponsoring a tree planting event at the new Sleeter Lake Park, Lakefield Road/Route 791 in Round Hill at 10 a.m. March 23.

The rain date is March 30.

The group plans to plant 1.5- to 2-inch caliper trees – donated by Meadows Farms Nurseries and community members – into pre-dug holes. Tools and refreshments will be provided, according to FBRM organizers.

Sleeter Lake Park, a new recreational area in Round Hill that was recently designated an Appalachian Trail Community, will provide outdoor collaboration between the Town of Round Hill, Loudoun County Master Gardeners and Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy to enhance the Blue Ridge Mountains ecosystem bordering the foothills.

Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountain will provide the Town of Round Hill with a professional master plan that incorporates the town’s existing Sleeter Lake Park concept plan and corresponding infrastructure.

The master plan will include tree-lined walking paths that connect existing and future amenities and will incorporate the proposed trail between Sleeter Lake Park and Franklin Park, currently being developed by the Loudoun County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Loudoun Wildlife will oversee the design of a native pollinator plant meadow. Master Gardeners has identified mature trees on the property and is in the process of recommending additional trees to plant with an emphasis on species indigenous to the immediate area.

The park will feature a viewing platform, an outdoor classroom, pollinator gardens, picnic areas and benches, and fishing pads along the lake, organizers said.

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